NEWS: USCCA Launches Interactive State Reciprocity Map
The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), in its ongoing effort to educate responsibly armed Americans, has launched an interactive map detailing concealed carry reciprocity between all 50 states. The concealed carry reciprocity map is available at www.usconcealedcarry.com/ccw-reciprocity-map/ as well as on the convenient and free USCCA app for both Android and iOS.
Veritable Cache of Valuable Data: Researchers at the USCCA pored over tens of thousands of lines of state statutes in order to compile concise, layman-friendly profiles for each of the 50 states. The proprietary system automatically cross-checks compatibility between states in order to display a simple color-coded map. The information is invaluable for concealed carry permit holders who want to stay on the right side of the law while traveling with their firearms. The site also contains state-specific information on open carry, knife restrictions and step-by-step concealed carry licensing procedures.
Go, No-Go or Slow Your Roll: By clicking on the state in which the user holds a valid concealed carry permit, he or she is presented with a color-coded map of the United States. A red state indicates that the permit holder cannot concealed carry there. Dark blue indicates concealed carry is allowed with the user’s permit, while light blue denotes state-specific conditions — the user should scroll down for more information on what restrictions his or her permit faces in the target state.
Updates, Updates, Updates: As you can imagine, the body of statutes governing firearms is a constantly evolving monstrosity. The USCCA employs a dedicated data specialist who keeps up to date on the latest developments and applies any new information to the USCCA state reciprocity site (once she confirms and vets the information, of course). Bonnie Gundrum, Content Coordinator – State CC Laws, is excited to move the project into stage two. “We’ve got a marvelous system in place,” stated Bonnie, “for adding content and updates for all of the states as laws and policies change.” It is imperative to the mission of the USCCA that responsibly armed Americans have the latest information at their fingertips, and Bonnie is the vanguard of upholding that responsibility.
Setting Sights on the Future: Never one to rest on its laurels, the USCCA is already working on enhancements for the newly launched concealed carry reciprocity site. Future features will include county-by-county breakdowns of local ordinances and an automated alert system for the mobile app that warns USCCA members when they’re approaching a state border crossing that may conflict with the status of their permit. “We pride ourselves on being the good guys, and that means following all applicable gun- and concealed-carry-related laws where we live and travel,” stated USCCA President, Tim Schmidt. “Our site — and certainly the improvements we already have planned — is going to help responsibly armed Americans wade through all of that information. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store.”